Sunday, February 25 , 2018, 7:26 am | Fair 38º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Advice

Santa Barbara Council Appoints Interim Director Jill Zachary As Next Parks & Recreation Head

Click to view larger
(Jill Zachary)

The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday appointed Jill Zachary as the new Parks and Recreation Department director, a position she was serving on an interim basis since the retirement of Nancy Rapp. 

Zachary, who has worked for the city for almost 17 years, was chosen from a field of 73 candidates after a national search process, according to a statement from the city. 

Before the interim director role, she served as assistant parks and recreation director and oversaw budget planning, the capital improvement program and overall parks operations, the city said in a statement.

Zachary previously worked as creek restoration/water quality manager for the city.

The department has a budget of $23 million, about 100 employees and a few hundred more hourly employees to oversee the parks, beaches, open spaces and other recreation and sports facilities in the city. 

“Jill brings an extensive knowledge of parks, creeks, and community recreation issues,” City Administrator Paul Casey said in a statement.

“I think she’s a great fit for the department and I’m confident that she’ll do an excellent job.”

Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >